Luke Donald set the pace on day one of the PGA Championship at Wentworth, shooting a wonderful 64 to go into day two leading the pack on -7.
Donald, currently world number two, equalled his best ever round on the European Tour and held firm despite occasional treacherous conditions at the famous Surrey course.
He leads by two shots from 18-year-old Italian Matteo Manassero and Sweden’s Johan Edfors.
Another Swede, Oscar Floren, will resume today on -4 with four holes of his first round still to play, as a 36-minute delay for thunder and lightning during the afternoon left several players with unfinished rounds.
England’s Ian Poulter and Ross McGowan, Welshman Bradley Dredge and Spaniard Jose Manuel Lara were three under.
Europe’s 2010 Ryder Cup captain Colin Montgomerie also lit up the morning with some vintage golf to lead alongside Donald for a spell before slipping back to a two-under 69.